AirAsia irked by long queues at klia2

18 October 2019 AirAsia Group Berhad chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes expressed disappointment with Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) for its handling of complaints of Immigration counter congestion at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). Fernandes said AirAsia had submitted a letter to Mavcom requesting help to resolve the congestion, but in return … Continue reading AirAsia irked by long queues at klia2

Mavcom works to benefit all in the aviation sector, not just one, says chairman

12 September 2019 Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) executive chairman Dr Nungsari Radhi has come out strongly in defence of the aviation regulator’s role, saying it is to ensure its work benefits the industry overall and not any one specific player. “There are many stakeholders in the aviation industry in Malaysia, not merely one. We have … Continue reading Mavcom works to benefit all in the aviation sector, not just one, says chairman

Absurd’ that Malaysia does not have LCCTs, says AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes

11 September 2019 AirAsia Group Bhd co-founder and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes says it is “absurd” that low-cost carriers (LCCs) dominate the Malaysian aviation market but the country does not have dedicated low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs). Fernandes pointed out that in Malaysia, LCCs account for 57% and 51% of domestic and … Continue reading Absurd’ that Malaysia does not have LCCTs, says AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes

Mavcom has failed the aviation sector, says Fernandes

9 September 2019 AirAsia Bhd group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (pix) has claimed that the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has failed the country’s aviation sector, backing it with seven reasons, including introducing bureaucratic policies. “Some of the requirements imposed by Mavcom include airlines notifying other local airlines on new route applications which … Continue reading Mavcom has failed the aviation sector, says Fernandes

AirAsia won’t sue MAHB for system glitches at KLIA and klia2

30 August 2019 AirAsia Group Bhd would not take any legal action against Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB) following the technical glitches which disrupted operations at both Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) terminals. Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the disruption was not major for AirAsia. “We are not taking any specific … Continue reading AirAsia won’t sue MAHB for system glitches at KLIA and klia2

New PSC charges ensures everyone is charged fairly, says Tony Fernandes

30 August 2019 News of the reduced Passenger Service Charge (PSC) for destinations beyond Asean countries at other airports other than the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is a victory for AirAsia Group Bhd, said its chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. Earlier today, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced that the new PSC charges … Continue reading New PSC charges ensures everyone is charged fairly, says Tony Fernandes

‘I am not a huge fan of MAHB but I won’t capitalise on the IT glitch,’ says Tony Fernandes

23 August 2019 Tan Sri Tony Fernandes again called for the improvement of the infrastructure of Malaysian airports following the technical glitch that has occurred at both terminals of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and klia2). Speaking at the AirAsia Foundation press conference today, the AirAsia Group Bhd chief executive officer said there has … Continue reading ‘I am not a huge fan of MAHB but I won’t capitalise on the IT glitch,’ says Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes: KLIA and klia2 are not the same, why charge the same PSC?

19 July 2019 Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd founder and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has drawn a comparison between the quality of service provided in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 in explaining his reasons for not wanting to charge customers the higher mandated passenger service charge (PSC). “It’s like … Continue reading Tony Fernandes: KLIA and klia2 are not the same, why charge the same PSC?

In twitter tirade, Tony Fernandes says ‘disapppointed and frustrated’ with airport authorities

18 July 2019 AirAsia Group Bhd group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he is “disappointed and frustrated” with airport authorities. On microblogging platform Twitter, Fernandes uploaded a video of an AirAsia pilot alleging that the plane could not move and had to be towed due to the uneven surface of the gate … Continue reading In twitter tirade, Tony Fernandes says ‘disapppointed and frustrated’ with airport authorities

AirAsia chief: Integrated plan, not more taxes, ‘desperately’ needed to grow M’sia tourism industry

16 July 2019 Malaysia desperately needs an integrated tourism plan, and not more taxes, to grow its tourism industry, said AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. In a series of tweets today, the outspoken steward of the budget carrier said taxing the industry is not helpful, especially when it is a “low-hanging … Continue reading AirAsia chief: Integrated plan, not more taxes, ‘desperately’ needed to grow M’sia tourism industry

MAHB more bee-nevolent with hive

12 January 2019 After a swarm of bees converged on Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Jan 8 and caused a minor kerfuffle, another swarm made an appearance on Thursday – this time at the country’s main airport terminal. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin posted a … Continue reading MAHB more bee-nevolent with hive

Return of the bees: This time at KLIA, but MAHB bee-utifully relocates them

11 January 2019 After a swarm of bees converged on the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Jan 8 and caused a minor kerfuffle, another swarm made an appearance on Thursday (Jan 10) – this time at the country’s main airport terminal. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja … Continue reading Return of the bees: This time at KLIA, but MAHB bee-utifully relocates them

Tony Fernandes says AirAsia will no longer collect klia2 fees, and wants compensation for ‘holes’ on runways

2 January 2019 From next week onwards, passengers flying on AirAsia will not have to pay the the RM3 (US$0.72) airport fee charged by Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), according to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes. The fee is charged by the airport operator for “mandatory” facilities like aerobridges and check-in systems, AirAsia said … Continue reading Tony Fernandes says AirAsia will no longer collect klia2 fees, and wants compensation for ‘holes’ on runways

AirAsia Group’s quarterly operating profit halves as fuel costs bite

30 November 2018 AirAsia Group Bhd’s operating profit halved in the third quarter as higher fuel costs hurt the Malaysian flagship budget carrier, but it said conditions in the fourth quarter should improve and the holiday season would also help. Airlines in the region, including Singapore Airlines and India’s Jet Airways and IndiGo, have been … Continue reading AirAsia Group’s quarterly operating profit halves as fuel costs bite

Ministry in talks to lower PSC

22 November 2018 The government is looking at reducing the passenger service charge (PSC) collected by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). “Lowering the PSC is on the agenda to make [air] travel more affordable for Malaysians,” said Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook. “I can’t give you more details because the discussion is ongoing, but … Continue reading Ministry in talks to lower PSC

Tourism could have grown more if travelling cost kept low, says Fernandes

12 November 2018 The country’s tourism industry could have registered a better growth if the airport operator and authorities had been able to keep the travelling cost low, said AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. In a series of tweets today, Fernandes said the passenger service charges (PSC), or more commonly known … Continue reading Tourism could have grown more if travelling cost kept low, says Fernandes

AirAsia launches fully digitalised ground handling control centre

12 November 2018 Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd launched the first fully digitalised ground handling services control centre in Malaysia on Monday (Nov 12) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). The centre will allow AirAsia’s Ground Team Red (GTR) to track aircraft handling by having real-time information on passenger boarding, baggage reconciliation and ramp-loading compiled … Continue reading AirAsia launches fully digitalised ground handling control centre

X-ray machines coming to KLIA

22 September 2018 There will be no more raba-raba or pat-downs of passengers at Immigration checkpoints in KLIA and klia2 by mid-2019, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pic). Transport Minister Anthony Loke “This is when new X-ray machines will be installed at both airports,” he said at the groundbreaking ceremony of a RM2.7mil dedicated processing … Continue reading X-ray machines coming to KLIA

MAHB sets up dedicated clearance facility for klia2 airline crew

21 September 2018 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is setting up a dedicated processing centre for the Customs Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance of departing airline crew at its Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) The airport operator will be spending RM2.7 million on the facility that is expected to … Continue reading MAHB sets up dedicated clearance facility for klia2 airline crew

Newsbreak: Full-service carriers cry foul over ‘unfair’ PSC practice

17 September 2018 FULL-service carriers (FSCs) have finally broken their silence over the non-compliance of their budget counterpart, AirAsia Group Bhd, with the new passenger service charge (PSC), also known as airport tax, out of klia2 in Sepang. They expressed alarm that AirAsia could continue to flout a government gazette that took effect on Jan … Continue reading Newsbreak: Full-service carriers cry foul over ‘unfair’ PSC practice

AirAsia launches new flight to Silangit, the main gateway to Lake Toba

2 August 2018 AirAsia is expanding its Asean footprint with a new route to North Sumatra, Indonesia. AirAsia launches new flight to Silangit, the main gateway to Lake Toba Beginning Oct 28, it will have four weekly flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) to the Silangit Airport in Tapanuli, North Sumatra. Silangit … Continue reading AirAsia launches new flight to Silangit, the main gateway to Lake Toba

Incentives given to all airlines, not just AirAsia: Fernandes

25 July 2018 AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes in his latest tweet acknowledged all the incentives provided by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to nurture low-cost travel growth, but pointed out that they were given to all airlines and not just AirAsia. Tony Fernandes “Malaysia Airports press releases have given @AirAsia … Continue reading Incentives given to all airlines, not just AirAsia: Fernandes

New look and feel for airport hotel

19 July 2018 AT THE newly revamped Tune Hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), simplicity perfected means sticking to the core fundamentals of hospitality, minus the unnecessary fuss. Check-in time takes no more than four minutes. The bar is simply called “Minum” while the all-day dining restaurant is called “Makan”. New look and … Continue reading New look and feel for airport hotel

Two airlines punished by Mavcom wants its abolition

27 June 2018 Two privately owned charter airlines, Eaglexpress Air Charter Sdn Bhd and Suasa Airlines Sdn Bhd, have called on the new government to shut down the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), alleging the commission has failed to facilitate the growth of the local aviation industry. Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) Eaglexpress president Captain Azlan Zainal … Continue reading Two airlines punished by Mavcom wants its abolition

Tony Fernandes calls out MAVCOM once again for airport tax charges

26 June 2018 AirAsia’s group CEO Tony Fernandes (pictured) has called out the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) once again. This time it is for the standardisation of the passenger service charge (PSC) between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2. This time, on a LinkedIn post, Fernandes said MAVCOM was established to support consumer rights … Continue reading Tony Fernandes calls out MAVCOM once again for airport tax charges

Fernandes: No airline can function without government support

26 June 2018 Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the group chief executive officer of AirAsia Group Bhd, the largest low-cost carrier in Asia, took to social media yesterday to slam the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) again over the standardisation of the passenger service charge (PSC) between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 in Sepang. … Continue reading Fernandes: No airline can function without government support

AirAsia’s Fernandes calls on Malaysians to join fight against klia2 tax

25 June 2018 AirAsia Bhd group chief executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has urged Malaysians to join the company’s fight against what he deemed as unfair airport taxation, in an attempt seemingly aimed at rallying public support against aviation authorities. Fernandes vented against the tax imposed on passengers at the low-cost klia2 Lumpur International Airport … Continue reading AirAsia’s Fernandes calls on Malaysians to join fight against klia2 tax

Tony: Yes to passenger service charge review for KLIA, klia2

12 June 2018 AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has hailed Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook’s call for a review of the passenger service charge (PSC) to reflect the respective airport’s facilities. On his latest post on Twitter, Fernandes said the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) provide different facilities, … Continue reading Tony: Yes to passenger service charge review for KLIA, klia2

AirAsia personnel literally kiss luggage following baggage handling fiasco

27 March 2018 AirAsia has faced heavy turbulence in the wake of last week’s baggage-mishandling controversy, which triggered the wrath of air travellers and netizens nationwide. Pix from Mohd Amir Izzat’s Facebook The incident – which saw baggage handlers at klia2 roughly grab, toss and heavily drop rather precious cargo – was caught on video … Continue reading AirAsia personnel literally kiss luggage following baggage handling fiasco

AirAsia’s Sarawak LCCT should be similar to Kuching International Airport

26 March 2018 The multimillion ringgit project is expected to boost air passenger traffic into the state AIRASIA Bhd’s proposed low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sarawak should have a handling capacity of at least five million passengers per year — similar to that of Kuching International Airport (KIA), said an industry expert. The multimillion ringgit airport project is expected … Continue reading AirAsia’s Sarawak LCCT should be similar to Kuching International Airport

Tony says sorry after AirAsia baggage handlers caught throwing luggage

22 March 2018 AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes apologised after a video showing the airline's workers throwing passengers' luggage, went viral. AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes apologised after a video showing the airline's workers throwing passengers' luggage, went viral. (Screen capture photo taken from Facebook) In the … Continue reading Tony says sorry after AirAsia baggage handlers caught throwing luggage

AirAsia Apologises After Video Of KLIA2 Baggage Handlers Throwing Bicycles Go Viral

22 March 2018 On Wednesday, 21 March, several passengers onboard an AirAsia flight could only watch in disbelief as a klia2 baggage handler threw their bicycles onto the ground. In a video that has gone viral on Facebook, the handler was seen dragging two bags containing the bikes from the conveyor belt before plopping them … Continue reading AirAsia Apologises After Video Of KLIA2 Baggage Handlers Throwing Bicycles Go Viral

CAPA: Having right business model, market will spur air travel growth

19 March 2018 Low cost-carrier terminal (LCCT) is poised to stimulate air travel demand in the region, following the low-cost carrier’s (LCC) on-going effort to set up LCCT in the region. Low-cost carriers operating out of a low-cost carrier terminal will have lower aeronautical charges, whcih then allow them to offer low fares. NST picture … Continue reading CAPA: Having right business model, market will spur air travel growth

New Zealander writes a letter to express her disgust over AirAsia stewardesses uniform

16 January 2018 About a month ago, a senator, Datuk Hanafi Mamat suggested that the government ought to introduce a guideline that stipulates the need for local airline stewardesses to don a more Shariah-compliant uniform, to ensure that it is in line with Malaysia’s image as a Muslim country. While the proposal had Malaysians talking, Utusan Malaysia reported … Continue reading New Zealander writes a letter to express her disgust over AirAsia stewardesses uniform

KLIA or klia2? Doesn’t matter!

5 January 2018 IN case you haven’t noticed, the feud between Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and its biggest tenant, AirAsia Bhd, continued into 2017 as the first of two rounds of revisions to equalise the passenger service charge (PSC) across the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), klia2 and all other airports in Malaysia took … Continue reading KLIA or klia2? Doesn’t matter!

Accommodative operating environment for airline industry in 2017

27 December 2017 Airlines in Malaysia had a good 2017, thanks to an accommodating operating environment, given the strong tourism growth and a continued depressed oil market throughout most of the year. Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG) Chief Executive Officer, Devanesan Evanson said furthermore, the strengthening of the ringgit vis-à- vis the greenback since early … Continue reading Accommodative operating environment for airline industry in 2017

Categorise airports until price mechanism ready, says Firefly CEO

19 December 2017 Malaysia should segregate domestic airports into different categories until the price differentiation mechanism, which will classify local airports, is ready for implementation, said Firefly Sdn Bhd CEO Ignatius Ong. “They (Malaysian Aviation Commission, or Mavcom) are looking at a systematic measure which should have price differentiation between airports. "However, they did say it’s going to … Continue reading Categorise airports until price mechanism ready, says Firefly CEO

MAHB Draws Flak After Saying KLIA And klia2 Are Of Equal Stature

19 December 2017 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) claim that the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) was of equal stature as its elder sibling KLIA drawn criticism from various quarters. AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes (pix) lamented that the facilities provided at the airport, which was built to replace the previous Low-Cost … Continue reading MAHB Draws Flak After Saying KLIA And klia2 Are Of Equal Stature

AirAsia rebuts MAHB with video of travellers sitting on klia2 floor

18 December 2017 AirAsia's head of communications Aziz Laikar’s video on the airport also shows an out-of-service travellator. In a series of postings on social media today, AirAsia’s head of communications Aziz Laikar showed that the standard of facilities at klia2 is nowhere near that of KLIA. Aziz posted videos on his Facebook and Twitter … Continue reading AirAsia rebuts MAHB with video of travellers sitting on klia2 floor

On top of the world

17 December 2017 IT’S been a good, good year for AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. So much so that he only needs one word to describe 2017: “Amazing.” And who could blame him? The budget airline’s recent 16th anniversary was made even sweeter when it snagged the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline … Continue reading On top of the world

Malaysia’s AirAsia says leasing unit deal should be finalised by March

13 December 2017 Malaysia’s AirAsia Bhd hopes to reach a deal on the sale of its aircraft leasing unit by March, its group chief executive said on Wednesday, as the budget carrier seeks funds to return to shareholders. Tony Fernandes, who built AirAsia into the region’s biggest budget airline from a two-plane operation a decade … Continue reading Malaysia’s AirAsia says leasing unit deal should be finalised by March

Bung or not, Tony Fernandes must answer unnamed MP’s complaint

23 November 2017 LETTER | I refer to the news report on Air Asia’s Tony Fernandes expressing his displeasure at an unnamed MP on social media. Tony Fernandes Earlier, Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin had complained that the low-cost carrier had charged a customer about RM2,000 for a one-way flight from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur. Following this, the Deputy Transport … Continue reading Bung or not, Tony Fernandes must answer unnamed MP’s complaint

Tony Fernandes slams equal PSCs for KLIA, klia2

15 September 2017 AirAsia CEO asks how aviation regulator Mavcom can justify equal charges at both airports. AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes wants the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) to explain the equal passenger service charges (PSCs) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). Tony Fernandes “How can … Continue reading Tony Fernandes slams equal PSCs for KLIA, klia2

ECM Libra’s hotel bet

3 July 2017 FIVE years following the disposal of its investment banking and securities business, ECM Libra Financial Group Bhd has finally identified the hotel business for the group to diversify into. But, why hotels? The group sees potential in the industry as it thinks the hotel business can deliver attractive returns if the projects … Continue reading ECM Libra’s hotel bet

Tony slams Mavcom for ignoring airports in passenger rights issue

22 May 2017 AirAsia chief says it is important for authority to also impose fines on airports, aside from airlines, when it comes to non-compliance on consumer issues. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has criticised the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) for targeting only airlines over the issue of non-compliance in relation to passenger rights. He … Continue reading Tony slams Mavcom for ignoring airports in passenger rights issue

Fernandes continues to make a case for lower PSC at klia2

16 August 2016 The differential in the passenger service charge (PSC) between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) should be maintained as the lower charges at klia2 will continue to better serve a broad range of travellers. FERNANDES: Malaysia should not allow the IATA to determine the next cause of action … Continue reading Fernandes continues to make a case for lower PSC at klia2

klia2: Now everyone can cry

12 July 2016 MAHB managing director contradicts Putrajaya by saying klia2 not a low-cost carrier terminal. By Raja Bahrin Shah Our Prime Minister is also our Finance Minister. So whatever the Government headed by the Prime Minister, who is the nation’s leader, decides should not be a cause for any confusion, right? Unfortunately, that is … Continue reading klia2: Now everyone can cry

Fernandes wants new LCCT

11 July 2016 AHB built a RM4 billion airport at klia2 when all AirAsia wanted was a RM2 billion LCCT. Tony Fernandes AirAsia Founder and Group CEO Tony Fernandes thinks that Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) should build a new LCCT. “It can keep klia2 for full service airlines.” “If MAHB does not want to … Continue reading Fernandes wants new LCCT